Viggo Mortensen Defends Playing a Gay Man in ‘Falling’: ‘You’re Assuming I’m Completely Straight’

Viggo Mortensen is defending his role.

The 62-year-old actor opened up to The Times about his role in upcoming film Falling in which he plays John, a gay man who invites his conservative father to live with him and his husband (Terry Chen).

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“Look, these are the times we’re living in, and I think it’s healthy that those issues are brought up. The short answer is that I didn’t think it was a problem. And people then ask me, ‘Well what about Terry Chen, who plays my husband in the film, is he a homosexual?’” he said.

“And the answer is I don’t know, and I would never have the temerity to ask someone if they were, during the casting process. And how do you know what my life is? You’re assuming that I’m completely straight. Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. And it’s frankly none of your business,” he continued.

“I want my movie to work, and I want the character of John to be effective. So if I didn’t think it was a good idea, I wouldn’t do it.”


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